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Numbers don't lie: Packers offense not as productive

Jan. 17, 2013
 

The performance of the Packers offense dropped off from 2011 to 2012.

They averaged 359.4 yards per game this season, compared to 405.1 last season. They scored an average of 27.1 points per game this year, compared to 35.0 last season.

“I think we were inconsistent early on,” said offensive coordinator Tom Clements. “As time went on we developed a little bit more consistency, started to run the ball a little better, had a stretch there at the end where we were productive. Unfortunately, we weren’t good enough to get it done in the last game.”

The Packers ran more often this season, with a 106.4 average per game compared to 97.4 last season, but the production was almost exactly the same. They averaged 3.94 yards per rush in 2011 and 3.93 yards per rush this season.

Net passing yards fell off from 4,924 (307.8 average per game) last year to 4,049 this year (253.1 per game).

Aaron Rodgers’ yards per attempt fell from 9.25 in 2011 to 7.8 in 2012.

“A lot of teams played us in a defend mode, played a lot of 2-shell and consequently we were throwing some shorter passes and we didn’t get the number of big, explosive gains that we got the year before,” said Clements. “We had a number of 60-,70-, 80-yard touchdown passes the year before and we didn’t get as many this year.”

Rodgers was sacked 51 times this season, 10 more times than last season.

“Any time you have a high number it’s not a good thing,” said Clements. “Sacks are, we talk about it. Everybody has a responsibility for the sacks. It’s not just the offensive line. At times it is … at times no one is open, at times Aaron tries to scramble and isn’t able to and gets sacked. So you can point to a lot of different reasons for the high number. We obviously want to reduce that. We’re willing to accept a certain number where Aaron is trying to move around and make a play because he does make a lot of plays moving around, and we don’t want to limit him. So, if he can move around and make a play seven out of eight times and get sacked the other time, it’s something we’re willing to live with because those seven plays can be big plays.”

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